U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for more restrictions on access to firearms and praised protesters who mobilized against controversial police practices in the aftermath of a deadly attack on police in Dallas, Texas.
“We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them,” she said, echoing remarks made earlier in the day by President Barack Obama. Obama invoked the gun control mantra during remarks to the press in Poland. (RELATED: Obama Points Finger At ‘Powerful Weapons’ For Dallas Police Attack)
She also praised Black Lives Matter activists and their allies, whose march in Dallas set the scene for the ambush which left five police officers dead and seven wounded.
“To those who seek to improve our country through peaceful protest and protected speech: I want you to know that your voice is important,” she said. “Do not be discouraged by those who use your lawful actions as cover for their heinous violence. We will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and to work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future.”
The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are currently supporting local authorities in their investigation. Lynch did not indicate a federal probe is forthcoming.
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